Although the Boston winter has now been broken with the birdsong of spring and the equally hurried evacuation of campuses across Boston, let’s think back to two weeks ago when thick coats were still being donned at 3am in the morning, after a great night out. It was on one such night that the British duo, Snakehips, made up by Oliver Lee and James Carter, played at the Grand in Boston.
Having worked with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, Zayn Malik and MØ, Snakehips debuted with song ‘Days With You’, featuring singer Sinead Harnett. After having already gained the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Mistajam and Monki through their ‘retro and modern’ remix sounds - their single with Chance the Rapper and Tinashe, ‘All My Friends’, launched them onto the world stage with over 300m listens. The production gained them an Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song, multiple gold and platinum awards - and they have since played at many of the major festivals stages, such as Glastonbury.
Borrowing 'from the past to make music for the future', their funky soulful, yet contemporary sound is fused with their passion for music in the live setting. As a result, the energy in the club was ecstatic. With a very diverse set, quoting the sound worlds of old-school hip-hop, 70s strings and EDM, Snakehips had the room bubbling the entire night. They covered the whole emotional spectrum - from a good ‘ol dance, to singing one’s heart out, or jumping in instant response to a badass drop. Between swigs of drinks and cueing songs, they interacted with the crowd, throughout the entire night, and kept the energy up with a admirable effortlessness.
However what stuck with me was the pure enthusiasm that was infused into every sound, interaction and element of Snakehips’ set. I left feeling energised and definitely an even bigger fan of the dynamic duo. It reminded me that the core of any creative endeavour is the passion behind the art.
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